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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
347 S Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
From Aurora University

Discover what matters. And build your life around it. At Aurora University, you'll become a part of a welcoming community dedicated to your success in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.

Aurora University is a private, co-educational university nestled in a residential neighborhood in Aurora, IL. You can choose from more than 50 majors, including programs in the liberal arts, business, criminal justice, education, nursing, and social work. You’ll receive personal attention and individualized instruction from dedicated and experienced professors.

Aurora University is committed to providing an affordable education. Tuition at AU remains one of the lowest of private colleges and universities in Illinois. Merit-based scholarships for incoming freshman are awarded based on academic merit. Financial aid counselors work with students and their families to ensure that their goal of earning a degree becomes a reality.

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Aurora University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
81%
SAT Range
970-1150
ACT Range
19-23
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$18,234/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$16,309/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.47 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.54 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.53 responses

Majors

Athletic Training at Aurora University

Our program is unique in that it blends a state-of-the-art exercise science lab with the university’s strength and conditioning department. And you will apply what you learn in the lab and in the classroom right away by helping AU’s student-athletes attain maximum performance. In five years, you will earn both a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and a master's degree in Athletic Training.

Online

Online Programs Offered
6
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
6
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    1%
  • On Campus
    89%
  • Online
    9%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,537Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
483
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 32 responses
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  • Involved students, supportive staff, successful
    41%
  • Average
    16%
  • Student-Athlete
    16%
  • Bored
    13%
  • Intelligent
    9%
  • Terrible. Third rate teachers. Waste of money.
    3%
  • Undetermined
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
52%
Poll
51%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.63 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.70 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Comfortable, inclusive, driven for success
    65%
  • Relaxed
    19%
  • Small. Boring. Can't wait to graduate.
    8%
  • Stress. confused. want to cry.
    5%
  • Home away from home
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $42,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    54%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    93%
    National
    83%
    97%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.33 responses

    Aurora University Reviews

    715 reviews
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    Aurora University stands out from other schools because it is truly a student-focused community. Every turn, you have a collection of individuals cheering and encouraging you both academically and personally! As soon as I stepped onto campus, I knew AU was special! Everyone I met was so inviting and wanted to help. The people in this community push you to be a better person and to accomplish what you thought were only dreams! If you want a school that provides you with an army of people that will encourage you and help you through the rough patches, AU is for you!
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    Although I have not elected to take any online classes at AU, the pandemic unfortunately forced that option upon me. I was pretty upset, to say the least but my professors really helped me turn it around! They were incredibly supportive and did everything in their power to aid me in my studies. They wanted me to know that even though the circumstances have changed, their level of support and guidance has not! Online is still not my favorite, but I can say the transition was better than I expected.
    Due to the pandemic, i had to take online classes for the remainder of my second semester. It was new to everyone knowing most of us always did in class lectures oppose to online. There were some things that were difficult for teachers to do online and had to give all faculty 2 weeks to figure things out with classes. We made it work by having our "face to face" classes on Zoom for the remainder of the semester. Yes, it was challenging but i tried the best i could and ended up with a 3.9 GPA!